Name: Passakorn Suwannawat
DOB: 1st May 1986
Turned Pro: 2006
Highest Ranking: #68 (2011)
Highest Break: 138 (2011 PTC1)
Career Highlights: 2007 IBSF World Championship finalist, 2011 Shanghai Masters last 48, 2011 PTC4 quarter-finalist
Thailand’s Passakorn Suwannawat first graduated to the main tour back in 2006 but his season was to prove something of a struggle as he won just four matches from the seven ranking event tournaments staged. His best run came at the season-ending World Championship qualifiers where he defeated Patrick Einsle and David Roe before losing 10-9 to Marcus Campbell.
Later in 2007 Passakorn was able to make it through to the final of the IBSF World Championship on home soil before losing out to countryman Atthasit Mahitthi.
Four years on however Passakorn was able to make it back onto the main tour for 2011/12 by virtue of his victory in the final of the 2011 Asian Championship where he defeated fellow former professional Aditya Mehta of India by a 6-2 scoreline.
Passakorn at PTC4, 2011
Passakorn made an impressive start to the 2011/12 season as he reached the final qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters with victories against Adam Duffy, Jimmy Robertson and Steve Davis, before losing 5-1 to the experienced Stephen Lee.
Following this run Passakorn also impressed at the PTC4 event in Furth, defeating former world champions Mark Williams and Ken Doherty on his way to the quarter-finals. There however he was to lose out to Australia’s Neil Robertson and thereafter he struggled for results during the remainder of 2011, a last 32 appearance at PTC9 proving to be his next best performance during the PTCs.
The second half of his season was to prove disappointing, his best result coming during the World Championship qualifiers where he defeated David Sing 10-5 before losing 10-4 to Leeds’ Peter Lines. He had however already done enough to be able to maintain his main tour place by virtue of his early-season form in the PTC events.
Passakorn made a strong start to the 2012/13 season, as he defeated both Michael Wasley and Ben Woollaston to reach the final qualifying round of the Wuxi Classic.
Following his defeat there to Joe Perry however, he was able to win just one more match during the remainder of the campaign as he slipped to 92nd in the rankings.
The 2013/14 season was to prove short-lived for Passakorn, who participated in just five professional tournaments, failing to win a match along the way.
Most notable perhaps was his controversial 5-4 defeat at the Shanghai Masters qualifiers to Egypt’s Mohamed Khairy, a match that was subsequently investigated by the WPBSA, which ruled that he had no case to answer.
Passakorn was nevertheless relegated from the main tour at the end of the season.